Rotana to open in Baghdad

6 Jan 2009 by Sara Turner

Middle Eastern brand Rotana Hotels plans to open a new five-star property in the capital city of Iraq. Due to open in early 2012, the hotel is located within the international green zone, which is the heavily guarded diplomatic and government area in central Baghdad.

The announcement follows the group's recent plans to open its first hotel in Iraq later this year (see online news November 8).

The Baghdad hotel will have 250 rooms and suites, several restaurants and bars plus banqueting and conference facilities. Recreational areas will include a health and fitness club and a swimming pool.

Selim El Zyr, President & CEO of Rotana, said: “We are proud to have been chosen to manage this spectacular new five-star property and our team is very excited about the opportunity to be in Baghdad for the first time. This new agreement is part of our strategic aim to have a property located in every key city in the Middle East.”

Rotana currently manages 24 properties throughout the Middle East and plans to reach a portfolio of 67 properties by 2012.


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